Barbara May Smythers
After graduating from Duke University and while teaching Latin in the Virginia public school system, Barbara began to pursue her real passion…art. Barbara enjoys painting the Florida scenes she has come to know and love, but she also paints portraits as well. Working in oil, watercolor, pastels and mixed media, she studied with such nationally known teachers as John Brady, Florence Thomas, Ray Yoder and Charles McCurry of the Ringling School of Art. In the summer of 1978, she studied painting and drawing at the Slade School of Art in London.
Barbara is a signature member of the American Impressionist Society, and she has received numerous awards.
“In the business of everyday life, logic often dominates. I believe that art should hint at the mystery that underpins all of life. It should speak the language of the heart. To paint is to co-create with God.”
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Art & Antique Gallery in the art district of Eau Gallie (EGAD) which is an “Old Florida” area of Melbourne in Brevard County, Florida, offers many mediums of art such as watercolors, oil paintings, digital art, photography, fiber arts, silk art, pastel paintings, gourd art, pottery, glass, mosaics, sculpture, dolls, jewelry and other unique locally handmade items. Adding a home feeling to our boutique style gallery is the collection of antique furniture and glassware. Our teaching facility, The Courtyard Studio, offers all levels of classes by some of the best known (and loved) artists in the area who share their knowledge of watercolors, oil painting, fiber arts, portraiture, acrylics and other art forms. The Courtyard Studio is available for outside the co-op artists to rent for classes and workshops.